Point-counterpoint: YAIAA divisional football predictions

Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry (12) is hit as he throws by Central York's Donny Crabill (25) during last season's game in Dallastown. Both Henry and Crabill are back for their teams. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry (12) is hit as he throws by Central York’s Donny Crabill (25) during last season’s game in Dallastown. Both Henry and Crabill are back for their teams. (GAMETIMEPA.COM — FILE)

GameTimePA.com reporters Steve Navaroli and Matt Goul agree on few things. So what better way to exploit this than a point-counter point discussion — or argument — on who are the favorites in each YAIAA football division?

If they do find a way to agree, Matt will still find a way to argue against Steve.

“Or irritate Steve,” said Steve.

Matt: Spring Grove

Steve: They return most of their skill players, including a three-year starting quarterback in Andrew Henry. The Wildcats were a few letdowns from being 7-4 last year.
Matt: Those mistakes have me wondering if they will rear their ugly head at least once this season. I like the Wildcats in a head-to-head matchup with Spring Grove because of their combination of size up front and speed (see running back Robert Catchings). I just wonder if a team like South Western and/or Central York will catch the Wildcats. One thing is for sure, I don’t think the Division I winner will go undefeated.
Steve: I agree.
Matt: We’re not supposed to.

Steve: West York
Matt: West York

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Matt: Hey, what did I say about agreeing?
Steve: Until somebody knocks them off and proves us wrong, you have to go with the Bulldogs. Although agreeing with you hurts.
Matt: OK, how about the Big Ten title?
Steve: I only wish I could argue that.
Matt: That’s what I like to hear. Back to the topic, I fully expect New Oxford to be in position to challenge for the title. Looking at the Colonials’ schedule, they close the regular season at Dover and vs. West York.
Steve: Speaking of Dover, the Eagles could make some noise in this division, too.

Steve: Bermudian Springs
Matt: Littlestown

Steve: While this division is my hardest pick, the Eagles will still have a great running game and a sound defense.
Matt: Well, it was Bermudian which ended Littlestown’s run in 2010, upsetting a 10-0 Thunderbolts squad, 37-0, in the playoffs and then going 10-0 themselves for two straight regular seasons. It’s easy to dismiss a team graduating a polished quarterback, such as Dustin Crouse at Littlestown, but the Bolts have a good number of talented players: running back Dustin DeGroft and receiver/defensive back Austin Reynolds come to mind. Just like Division I, the winner doesn’t sweep the field. Not a chance. I like Littlestown, Delone Catholic, Bermudian and York Catholic in that order.
Steve: Would it shock either of us to see division end in a tie?
Matt: Not at all.
Steve: Quit agreeing with me, Matt.
Matt: All you did was ask the question.

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2 Responses to Point-counterpoint: YAIAA divisional football predictions

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    • Matt Goul says:

      Thank you for the awesome feedback! Steve and I plan to do another point-counterpoint tonight (Thursday, Sept. 12) on the picks we disagreed on for Week 3. That will be up later.

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